From the December 2019 issue

Dream Bars Cookie Recipe

Coconuts, nuts and custard combine to create these unique cookie dream bars. Try them at your next cookie exchange to kick Christmas into high gear.

Holiday dream bar cookies on a white background
Photo by Lauren Jeziorski

These beige bar cookies may not be a feast for the eyes, but they are for the stomach. Layered coconut, nuts and a brown-buttery custard all come together to create a sublime chewy confection that seems straight from Mrs. Claus’ oven.

Looking for other holiday cookie recipes? Check out our Season’s Eatings cookie roundup. 

Quick tips

  • Walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts – take your pick. Any nut will do these bars justice.
  • Hold the milk. These bars should be paired with a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa.

Cookie crust ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Filling ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 oz. shredded sweet coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (i.e. walnuts, pecans)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cookie crust ingredients and spread into 9 x 13-inch pan with fingers. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in sugar.
  4. Add vanilla, flour, salt and soda. Beat just until combined.
  5. Stir in coconut and nuts.
  6. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Bake for 25 minutes, until top is set and golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares while still warm.

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